On July 11th, Luan Oliveira won his first SLS Tour Stop on the very last trick. After also winning the 2014 People’s Champ award, Luan won the opportunity to help design the course for Stop One: Los Angeles. This made for an eventful and emotional night, not only for Luan, but for all the fans watching at home and in the stands.
We caught up with Luan to discuss his first SLS victory, how the course helped and more.
Did you feel like you had an advantage in this stop because you helped design the course?
Well I think that really helped me, but everyone in there could’ve won the LA stop… Everybody was killing it!
What was your favorite part of the course to skate?
The quarter pipe was sick.
What did you think when you learned you were in a heat with P-Rod, Shane O’Neill and Ishod Wair?
I was feeling more chill cause those dudes are fun to skate with and they know what they’re doing, so it was mellow.
You’ve done this a few times this year already so tell us what the key is to putting together a flawless run in competition?
You just have to stay on your board and try to hit every single part in the park. I’ve been skating trannys lately so I don’t have to get my board on my hand which is better on a run.
Throughout the contest, do you skate trying to get the amount of points necessary to get into first or do you just do what you feel like doing?
I just skate and have my own strategy… not to get points but to land those tricks for myself.
When you realized you needed an 8.8 to win, did you choose a trick you thought would get you 9 points or did you choose a trick you knew you could land at that moment?
I knew I was the last one and that I was on 2nd place, so I decided to try something that I had on my mind and it worked out.
What does winning a Street League contest mean to you?
It means a lot, I worked hard for it, you know? I’ve been skating a lot lately.
You have one of the fastest flicks in skateboarding. Do you eat specific foods or do special exercises to keep your ankles strong and healthy?
I’ve been running 7km every morning and eating whatever I want hahahahaha
Is there a rivalry developing between you and Nyjah?